Boy Turns In Father For Dealing Drugs, Police Say

By Britni de la Cretaz 05/24/17
This wasn't the first time the boy called the authorities on his father.

A man from Lawrence, Massachusetts was arrested after his 11-year-old son called the police to say he suspected his father was dealing drugs.

Yamil Mercado, 40, was charged with reckless endangerment of a child and trafficking in more than 200 grams of illegal drugs, the Boston Globe reports. According to a police report, the child said he called the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to report his father last year, as well.

The boy reportedly saw what he believed to be drugs in Mercado’s luggage, and thought he saw him completing a drug transaction. He called police and told them his father had dealt drugs in the past and he "is almost 100% sure his father ... is back into drug sales," the police report said.

A total of 212 grams of heroin and fentanyl worth an estimated $8,500 was seized from the home. 

Earlier this year, an Ohio couple was arrested and charged with child endangerment after their eight-year-old son overdosed on heroin. The couple had been using drugs in their home and noticed that their son wasn’t breathing. He was taken to the hospital where a bag of heroin and prescription pain medication was found tucked into his sock.

Another couple in Ohio was shamed by a local police department when they were both found passed out in their car with a child in the backseat. East Liverpool police posted the graphic image to Facebook.

In New Hampshire, a six-year-old boy noticed his father was unresponsive and went outside and flagged down a car for help. The passerby came inside and administered CPR to the man and called the police.

The man remained unresponsive until the fire department arrived and administered Narcan. It was believed that he had overdosed on fentanyl, and the boy was released to relatives. “It's definitely that we've seen more and more nowadays where there's kids involved and parents who are overdosing,” Officer Kris Kloetz of Belmont police told WMTW

Mercado was held without bail at his arraignment in Lawrence District Court last Friday, and pled not guilty. His son is being cared for by his grandmother. The number of grandparents who are caring for their grandkids has increased dramatically as a result of the opioid epidemic, with estimates putting the number at 2.9 million, according to PBS.

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Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, and recovered alcoholic living in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @britnidlc.